The toughest crowd for doctor jokes
I HAD done my share of conference papers and large group presentations before, but this was a totally different proposition.
‘A take-no-prisoners crowd’, they had said.
I had been warned about their likely disregard for protocol, and the guaranteed interruptions, unanswerable questions and walk-outs.
My palms grew sweatier as I was flooded with self-doubt.
Did I have the right balance of material? Would I run short? Would they laugh at my jokes?
Then it was the moment of truth and, with a deep breath,
I stood as I heard my introduction.
I walked to the lectern,